Appliqué and Ruching for Beginners

Last Roses of Summer by Bonnie K. Browning

Appliqué means to join or attach a piece of fabric to a background. In the early days, it was used as a way to strengthen worn areas or to patch holes that formed in clothing or other fabric pieces. Today appliqué is a creative way to decorate clothing and quilts. Join Bonnie Browning as she teaches you to embrace the versatility and forgiveness of appliqué as you stitch the stems, leaves, and ruched flowers in the Last Roses of Summer wallhanging. Hand and machine appliqué methods will be covered in this class.

Ruched flowers

Last Roses of Summer Block

Lesson 1: The Pattern and Background

The first step is to prepare the pattern and the background. For this block, we will use the No-Mark vinyl placement method.

Lesson 1: The Pattern and Background PDF Download

Lesson 2: Making the Stems

Just like real flowers, after the ground (or background) is prepared, the first things we see are the stems. Learn several ways to prepare the stems and how to make your hand appliqué stitches disappear.

Lesson 2: Making the Stems PDF Download

Lesson 3: Appliqué by Hand or Machine – The Leaves

Learn how to hand and machine appliqué the leaves with turned edges. Discover the versatility and the forgiveness of appliqué. We can mix hand and machine appliqué or choose one method while making the Last Roses of Summer wallhanging.

Lesson 3: Appliqué by Hand or Machine – The Leaves PDF Download

Stems and Leaves

Lesson 4: Ruched Flowers

Nothing adds dimension to appliquéd flowers like ruching. Ruching is a French term that means “to gather, ruffle, or pleat.” Learn how to make ruched roses from a circle of fabric. Bonnie will share how she manipulates the fabric to make the center look like unfurling rose petals.

Lesson 4: Ruched Flowers PDF Download

Shark's Teeth Border

Lesson 5: Shark’s Teeth Border

To finish the quilt, we will add borders. Learn Bonnie’s easy method for making a Shark’s Teeth border to add a beautiful finishing touch to this quilt. You won’t believe how easy it is to make this border fit your quilt perfectly.

Lesson 5: Shark’s Teeth Border PDF Download

Lesson 6: Finishing the Quilt

One final border is needed to finish the quilt. Learn Bonnie’s trick for sizing borders. Whether you make one block or four blocks, you’ll have a beautiful Last Roses of Summer quilt!

Lesson 6: Finishing the Quilt PDF Download

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